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Young horse show presents 25 years of jumping talent

Giulia MH, 5yo champion, with show founder Graeme Hart owner, Angela Miller and rider Melody Matheson

By Sally Reid
Photography: Cornege Photography

Good things really are made to last! Celebrating its 25th anniversary along with that of World Breeding News is New Zealand’s National Young Horse Show – an event that (like BN) has gone from strength to strength over the past two and a half decades. It is now the most important date on the NZ competition calendar for breeders and owners of jumpers aged between four and eight, and attracts entries from all over the country: 510 this year.

That number may sound insignificant to international readers, but here, down under, where everything concerned with horse breeding is on a much smaller scale, it’s a lot. In fact, it’s a record!
The show’s most successful stallion this year was the imported (but no longer serving) Holsteiner, Cassiano (Cassini I - Zivia x Calypso II) bred by Carsten Lauck in Germany. He belongs to Sharlene Workman of Xtreme Sport Horses and has sired many winners here and in Europe, as well as Staatsprämie and Bezirksprämie mares. The beautiful grey’s NZ progeny excel across the disciplines, but are particularly noted for their jumping ability. Cassiano was also the leading sire of HOY placegetters last year.
Another stallion whose name appears several times among the winners’ pedigrees is Casall – and twice as the sire of a sire: the young Goldengrove-bred stallions Cartell GNZ and Capitano GNZ.

Showcasing Xtreme talent in 4yo age group

Sentosa, 4yo winner with breeder/owner rider Laura Knight

This group had almost twice the usual number of entries as well as a new format: instead of the usual three days of jumping, two rounds were jumped over two days. The first, second and third placegetters were sired by stallions from Xtreme Sport Horses: Numero Uno Xtreme and Cassiano. Another of the stud’s stallions, Corofino II, was the damsire of the second placegetter – and one of the youngsters who came fourth-equal was also by Cassiano. This class really showcased some Xtreme talent.
The win went to Sentosa (Numero Uno Xtreme - Gucci Girl xx x Corrupt xx), a Thoroughbred-Warmblood cross, bred, owned, and ridden by young Laura Knight – who adores him. The gelding’s sire, Numero Uno Xtreme (Numero Uno x Cassini II x Polarschnee) is a New Zealand Warmblood, whose own damsire, Cassini II, is a younger full brother of Cassini I – the sire of Cassiano.
Second place went to Calico Xtreme (Cassiano - Chilli Xtreme x Corofino II) a gelding owned and bred by Sharlene Workman at Xtreme Sport Horses, and ridden by Jaime Campbell. This handsome grey, who combines the talents of the stud’s two super imported stallions, also won the four-year-old style prize.
Corvette ECPH (Cassiano - Isabella SL x Genius), a Warmblood mare bred by East Coast Performance Horses, owned by Massie Stables, and ridden by Alexa Dodson, was third. Her dam, Isabella SL, is a New Zealand Warmblood bred by Fred Cornege at Seattle Lodge.
Six horses tied for fourth place, starting (in alphabetical order) with Central City (Central Park xx - Best Bet x Black Nib) an NZ Sport Horse gelding, bred, owned, and ridden by Caroline Coop. His dam, Best Bet, is a Clydesdale cross-bred by Bruce Holden at Ngahiwi Station. She had quite a number of lower-level jumping wins and placings.
Next on the fourth-equal list is Classified II (Cachassini II - Jeezemay x Willie John), a Sport Horse mare bred by V Miller and C. Miller-Brown, and owned and ridden by Hannah Bodle. Her sire, Cachassini II is a German-bred Holsteiner from Stamm. 4245; a full brother to Cachassini (Cachas - Varese x Cor de la Bryère). He is the sire of Vicki Wilson’s young stallion, Captivate VWNZ, who was the champion stallion of the 2020 NZWA licensing. Classified II’s damsire, Willie John, was an Irish Hunter by Laughton’s Legend (RID).
The next two are both NZ Sport Horse geldings: Double J Idol (Euro Sport Centavos - Annie x Voltaire II), bred and owned by Robyn Jacobs, and ridden by Samantha Carrington; and Hunter NZPH (Non Plus Ultra II - Bordeaux NZPH x Calvaro II) bred and owned by New Zealand Performance Horses, and ridden by Harvey Nelson... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber